Oct. 6, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tenth-ranked Florida State (9-4-0, 2-3-0 ACC) returns to the pitch on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. for its lone match of the week as the Seminoles travel to Charlottesville to take on No. 8 Virginia (8-3-2, 2-2-1 ACC).
Saturday marks the 20th all-time meeting between the two schools as the Seminoles are in search of their first-ever victory over the Cavaliers. Virginia is the only school in the ACC that FSU has never manufactured a win against. UVa leads the series 15-0-4 including a mark of 7-0-1 in Charlottesville.
Despite Virginia’s success over the Noles, the series has been closely contested as 15 of the 19 previous matches have decided by one goal including 13 of the last 14 games. Three of the last five meetings have resulted in a tie.
FSU came away with a 1-1 tie in Charlottesville back in 2007 snapping UVa’s six-game win streak over the Noles inside Klockner Stadium. Holly Peltzer scored the lone FSU goal giving the Garnet & Gold a 1-0 first half lead in the 18th minute. Ironically, that is the only goal the Seminoles have scored against the Cavaliers in the last 780 minutes.
Last year the two schools played to a scoreless draw in Tallahassee as FSU outshot UVa 10-9.
Florida State is coming off a 1-1 home stand last week in which the Seminoles dropped a 2-0 result to No. 10 North Carolina but bounced back to beat NC State by the same score. The Seminoles received goals from Ines Jaurena, game-winner in the 44th minute, and Tiffany McCarty to pick up their second win in the ACC this year.
McCarty enters this weekend’s game against Virginia needing one goal to tie the school record for career goals – a record set by Cindy Schofield, who scored 40 goals from 1999-2002. McCarty is 11 points shy of becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader – a record also held by Schofield at 102 points (40G, 22A).
Virginia returns home for the first time in three weeks since handing Maryland a 4-1 loss back on September 15 in the conference opener for both teams. The Cavaliers then hit the road for four straight games against ranked ACC opponents posting a 1-2-1 record during that span with their lone win coming at North Carolina. The win was UVa’s first against the Tar Heels in school history.
In the latest rankings, FSU stayed at No. 10 in the Soccer America top 25 poll for the third week in a row. The NSCAA and Soccer Times polls dropped the Seminoles to No. 13 in the nation.
Saturday’s game against Virginia will air live over the internet on VirginiaSports.com, while live stats will also be available on the Cavaliers’ athletic website. Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.